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Washington Football: Justin Wilcox A Hot Coaching Commodity?

Washington Huskies defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox could be one of the hottest college football coaches on the market in the 2013 offseason. Anthony Cassino of UW Dawg Pound and our own Jack Follman elaborate.

Steve Dykes

Has Justin Wilcox been the biggest factor to Washington's success this season, and how scared are you of losing him?

Anthony Cassino, UW Dawg Pound: I would say it's pretty inarguable that he's been the biggest factor, given that in their 3 wins against FCS opponents they never scored more than 21. If you think the previous defensive coordinator would have gotten those results, you weren't paying attention.

I definitely don't want Wilcox to leave after just one season, but if he does there's nothing that says the defense will regress. I'm not yet convinced that he's an elite coordinator, just that he's a couple steps above Nick Holt. And that's not a difficult bar to clear. Wilcox still has some things to prove.

Jack Follman, Pacific Takes: I would say yes. The fact that they are 4-4 and haven't scored more than 21 points against an FBS team is a huge testament to Wilcox. The defense has looked atrocious like they did in 2011 in almost half of their games though. I think that might be the silver lining though that keeps him from getting poached for at least a year or two.